Officers shot a suspect dead in the Bronx Monday night after the man, who police later said had stabbed two women, refused officers’ commands to drop a knife, the NYPD said.
NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said at a news conference that officers responding to a call of an assault in progress at a halfway house on Hughes Avenue found the man inside the lobby carrying a knife.
Monahan said the officers commanded him more than 20 times to drop the weapon, but he instead stepped toward them with knife in hand.
“At that point, both officers discharged their weapons, striking the suspect multiple times,” he said.
The suspect, who was not identified, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Monahan said.
Police then reviewed surveillance camera footage from the building and determined he had stabbed the women, both security guards at the building, before cops arrived, Monahan said.
One of the women was stabbed in the left arm, while the other was stabbed in the chest and arm. Both were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were listed in serious condition. Monahan described the weapon as a 4-inch steak knife.
The stabbings and shooting took place in the Hughes Houses, a single-room-occupancy building that takes referrals from hospitals and jails, Monahan said.
The investigation is continuing. Responding officers were wearing body cameras, and the footage will be reviewed as part of the investigation, Monahan said.
No officers were injured, police said, and they declined to provide additional information about the person who was shot, further information about the victims or the reason for the confrontation.